With cowboys roaming the streets, period artisans plying their crafts, musicians performing retro tunes, and other historic nods, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. transports visitors back to the Ozark Mountains of the late 19th century. The charming theme park welcomes guests with the phrase, “You have a great past ahead of you.” For 2018, it will put a spin on its era-shifting theme with the new attraction, Time Traveler. The unique ride will be the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest full-circuit spinning roller coaster.
Its train will leave the station, immediately plunge 100 feet at 90 degrees (that’s straight down for the geometry-challenged), and hit 50 mph. That would be wacky enough, but Time Traveler’s four-passenger cars will be spinning as they descend down the drop and throughout the ride. Along the way, it will navigate three inversions including a 95-foot tall vertical loop.
As coasters near the end of their route, they tend to lose a lot of their oomph. Time Traveler, however, will incorporate two mid-course, magnetically induced launches to keep the thrills on track. The first one will catapult the train from 0 to 47 mph, or nearly the same speed as the first drop, in three seconds. The second launch will accelerate the moving train from 30 to 45 mph in 3.5 seconds.
All the while â even during the launches â the cars (and its passengers, of course) will be spinning 360 degrees. Silver Dollar City says that the rotating cars will feature an “adjustable magnetic spin control.” Translation: Unlike free-spinning coaster cars, which can reallyÂ get whirling and alternate to and fro, the round-and-round motion…